With Mike Piazza’s flyout to deep centerfield for the final out of Game 5 of the 2000 World Series, the New York Yankees became the first three-peat championship since the Oakland Athletics in the 1970s. The New York Mets, meanwhile, failed to win their first World Series since 1986 and provide a new flavor to an era dominated by their Subway Series rivals.
The Yankees’ dominance, and back-to-back titles by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993, proceeded more than a decade of parity during which 13 different teams won the World Series over 14 years from 1978-91. And it preceded nearly a decade of parity during which nine different teams won the World Series over 10 years. Now, entering the 2021 MLB season, the Mets are again seeking to provide a new flavor to an era dominated by the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, and, potentially, the Los Angeles Dodgers. And bettors like the Mets’ chances in World Series odds.
Entering Opening Day, the Mets are tied with the Atlanta Braves for the fifth-highest World Series odds at +1000, trailing only the Dodgers (+350), Yankees (+550), Chicago White Sox (+900), and San Diego Padres (+900). But the Mets only trail the Dodgers for the highest handle share of World Series bets and lead in the highest ticket share.
Here’s the full list of odds, ticket share, and handle share for World Series betting:
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